Evaluate Succession Planning Program

Friday, February 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: William J. Rothwell, President, Rothwell & Associates; Christina Barss, Corporate Director of Leadership and Learning, Houston Methodist; and Leen Zaballero, Senior Partner, Rothwell & Associates

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In healthcare, effective succession planning is a leadership imperative. Yet what is the definition of effective? How are the results of a succession-planning program being evaluated? Which metrics are most meaningful to executive champions? Many metrics are suggested to measure the effectiveness of succession planning, such as pipeline population numbers, percentage “ready-now,” and “time to fill.” However these measures often fall short in resonating with leadership. The key is to connect measures to strategic business outcomes. This is possible by applying the Rothwell Model, which continues as the framework of webcast 5 in this five-part series.

In this webcast, we will:

  • Examine the Rothwell Model and step 7: Evaluate program results.
  • Explore how to communicate succession program effectiveness.
  • Review benchmarked measurement practices for succession planning.
  • Discuss a real-world case study in healthcare.


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William J. Rothwell
William J. Rothwell

President, Rothwell & Associates

William J. Rothwell, PhD, SPHR, is the president of Rothwell & Associates (www.rothwellandassociates.com) and professor in the Workforce Education and Development Program at the University Park campus of Penn State University. As a researcher he has been involved with the last five competency studies conducted by Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD). In 2012 he won the association's prestigious Distinguished Contribution Award. He is author of 81 books and 250 articles in the field and had 20 years of experience in government and the private sector before becoming a college professor in 1993.

Christina Barss
Christina Barss

Corporate Director of Leadership and Learning, Houston Methodist

Christina Barss, PhD, MS, MEd, SSBB, is a talent and organization development professional, university professor, academic researcher, and executive coach. She is the director of leadership and learning at Houston Methodist Hospital System; previously, she was the associate director of Samson Global Leadership Academy, Cleveland Clinic. She holds a PhD in management from Case Western Reserve University. 

Leen Zaballero
Leen Zaballero

Senior Partner, Rothwell & Associates

Aileen Zaballero is a senior partner of Rothwell & Associates and a dual-title Ph.D. candidate in Workforce Education and Development and Comparative International Education at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) since 2009. Aileen is currently working on a project that will produce a Competency Model and Career Map for the advanced commercial building workforce, utilizing the U.S. Department of Labor's competency model framework and aligning with the new Department of Energy supported and industry-developed Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines.

Aileen has recently authored and co-authored chapters in Performance Consulting-Applying Performance Improvement in Human Resource Development (2013, John Wiley & Sons); co-edited and co-authored Optimizing Talent in the Federal Workforce (2014, Management Concepts); co-authored a chapter in Organization Development Fundamentals: Managing Strategic Change (2014, ASTD Press); and co-edited The Competency Toolkit, 2nd Ed. (2014, HRD Press).